From the distant silhouette of a Lancaster bomber glimpsed over a British seaside resort, to the hidden world of global arms trade fairs, The Home Front explores links between militarism, marketing and entertainment.

The Home Front - Melanie Friend

Image Credit: Living History group area, Biggin Hill, Kent, 27 June 2009 © Melanie Friend / courtesy Impressions Gallery

Melanie Friend presents three related photographic series in this major new exhibition that together explore the civilian experience of war.

The first series depicts expansive beachscapes with holiday-makers looking up at air shows above; the beach temporarily militarised. The second group of photographs reveal the on-ground attractions of air shows, frequently billed as a fun day out for all the family. In the third series Friend offers a rare glimpse at the environments of international arms fairs and air show trade days, usually off-limits to the general public.

An Impressions Gallery touring exhibition.

Artist Talk:  Thursday 4 December, 7pm

Venue: Art and Design Gallery

Open: Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Admission: Free


Art and Design Gallery
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane Campus
Hatfield, AL10 9AB